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Memphis federal judge writes history book about his hometown

Judge Jon McCalla Judge Jon McCalla

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

ROSEMARK, TN (WMC-TV) - Federal Court Chief Judge Jon McCalla very rarely gives TV interviews, but he recently visited Action News 5 to talk about book he's co-authored about his hometown. 

"People across all lines know each other, so it tells their story," he said. "We don't want to leave anyone out."

In his new book, An Illustrated History of the People and Towns of Northeast Shelby County and South Central Tipton County, McCalla tells the history of north Shelby and south Tipton county.  In all, twelve different communities, including Salem, Kerrville and Rosemark, are featured. 

"You see changes in the economy, changes in transportation routes, and how important routes are to the survival of these communities," McCalla said.

The book recounts rural life and how it changed from the eighteen teen's to the mid-1950's.

"There are bankers and businessmen, but there are also just regular people who are talked about and who told their stories," added Penny Glover, who co-authored the book.

From early settlers and their families to community schools and churches, Judge McCalla says the book covers it all.   Contributors hope the new book will help them keep their small town identity alive.

McCalla will be selling and signing copies of his new book this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Richland ARP church in Rosemark.

There will also be historical exhibits, maps, and other antiques at Saturday's event, which is open to the public.

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